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Decoding DataViz: How to Fact Check Charts and Visuals

Every day we are bombarded by data, graphs, and charts. But how do we know we are being shown the truth? Charts can lie in various ways—displaying incomplete or inaccurate data, suggesting misleading patterns, and concealing uncertainty. They are also frequently misunderstood. Many of us are ill equipped to interpret the visuals that politicians, journalists, advertisers, and even our employers present each day. 

Join the Urban Institute as we welcome Alberto Cairo, the Knight chair in visual journalism at the University of Miami’s School of Communication and author of the new book How Charts Lie, for an evening dedicated to understanding data and visuals. A panel discussion with leading data visualization practitioners, journalists, and podcasters will follow Professor Cairo’s presentation. 



  • Alberto Cairo, Knight Chair in Visual Journalism, University of Miami School of Communication
  • Lazaro Gamio, Visuals Editor, Axios
  • Amanda Makulec, Data Visualization Lead, Excella
  • Jonathan Schwabish, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute
  • Alli Torban, Data Visualization Designer, American Enterprise Institute; Host, Data Viz Today Podcast


Registration will be available at 5:00 p.m. and the program will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m.
Please contact [email protected] with questions regarding this event.


Date & Time Thursday, October 24, 2019
Urban Institute 500 L'Enfant Plaza SW
Washington , DC , 20024
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